Monthly Archives: March 2011

Derby 2.0 and KillaBytes, April 2nd

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ Derby 2.0 Host Debut Home Bout with the KillaBytes on Saturday, April 2nd!

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls, have a new show in town: Derby 2.0. The league’s newest team, made of young derby girls aged 7 to 17, is a striking new phenomenon that has gained popularity with their recent NBC News coverage.

The junior derby skaters, affectionately called ‘jerbs,’ are very excited about their debut home bout against Sacramento’s junior derby league on Saturday, April 2nd. Headlining the event are SVRG’s KillaBytes, who will be taking on the Battle Borne Derby Demons. The event will kick off at 5:30pm at San Jose Skate, located at 397 Blossom Hill Road in San Jose.

Fans are encouraged to get their tickets before they sell out, as SVRG regularly sells out their 1,000+ capacity in advance of most games. Tickets are on sale now at San Jose Skate, Streetlight Records, and Psycho Donuts (Campbell & Downtown) and online at Brown Paper Tickets.

A portion of the proceeds from the bout will be donated to Career Closet, a local nonprofit that provides professional work attire for women in need. They will also be accepting donations of gently-used professional business clothing, accessories, and handbags at the event.

Come and show your support for your local derby girls by donning your green and black. For more details about the bout and SVRG, click on over to our website.

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Silicon Valley Roller Girls Join eScrip Fundraising Program

SVRG is now a charity partner of eScrip, a super safe and easy way to continually financially support the league without ever donating any of your own cash! I’ve been personally using this for years and I’ve never had any problems. Please register with them and also send your friends and family an email to let them know how they can support us financially with only a few clicks of a mouse.

What Is the eScrip Program? How Does It Work?

eScrip has created a system that rewards customer loyalty by contributing a percentage of purchases made by participating friends and fans to nonprofits. Friends, fans, and families are encouraged to register their grocery club cards and existing credit/debit cards.  A percentage of all purchases made at eScrip merchants will be given back to SVRG as the designated group.

eScrip Advantage

Ease of use – simply present your registered cards (grocery club card, debit/credit card) at time of purchase and participating merchants contribute each time you make a purchase. There’s a broad and growing base of national and local merchant partners. There are no receipts to collect, no vouchers or certificates to buy, no hassles for you—and every purchase counts.

Register today at www.escrip.com. Click on “My Escrip” and select Silicon Valley Roller Girls to be your beneficiary! The site also allows you to track how much gets donated to SVRG from your purchases!

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Skater of the Month: Pandamonium

How did you find out about/get into roller derby?

After graduating college in 2005, most of my friends moved away and I was looking for something new to be involved with. I read an article in a newspaper about the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls and thought I would give it a try. I joined the B.A.D. Girls in January of 2006 and skated with them until December of 2008. During the 2007 season I started coaching the Silicon Valley Roller Girls. After retiring from skating with the B.A.D. Girls I went on just coaching SVRG.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I had almost no skating skills prior to joining derby. I skated on super heavy artistic skates with bald wheels and huge toe stops when I first started out. It goes to show you that a lot can change in 5 years! 

How did you derive your derby name?

Pandemonium was a good way of describing my skating style when I first started roller derby. I was all over the place! I decided to change it to Pandamonium since I love pandas.

What is your primary position?

Bench coach, skills/drills coach, scrimmage facilitator, and strategy ninja

What do you contribute most to the team?

I definitely think out of the box when it comes to developing new strategies and drills.

What has been your greatest experience on the rink?

It’s hard to narrow that down to just one, but here are some of my favorites:

  • Steamrolling through the Dust Bowl 2010 Tournament (our first tournament ever).
  • The KillaBytes vs. Denver Roller Dolls Bruising Altitude 2010 bout. Even though we lost we still gave Denver a run for their money and got amazing feedback from them.
  • Anytime I get to skate with the Santa Cruz Derby Girls, even if Lulu and I are always on opposite teams. (Someday we will be on the same team.)

What was your worst injury and how did you earn it?

I hurt my left knee and right shoulder in 2008 while skating with the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls. I also have a 2×2″ numb spot on my left leg from wearing crappy knee pads when I first started doing derby.

Who are your biggest fans?

All of my non-derby friends who put up with me being so busy during the derby season. My loving and devoted derby wife, Molly Mayhem. My parents are also super supportive of me being involved in derby. 

Who do you like to partner up with on the track? Which teammates do you work well with?

Aim and Pia (my fellow coaches) are my partners in crime on the side lines. Off the track, I can usually be found up to no good with Donna Diggler, Postal Servix, or Mongoose.

What are you looking forward to the most this season?

This is an incredibly busy season for SVRG and there are so many amazing opportunities. I am thrilled that the KillasBytes are skating in a tournament this season. The Dots are skating against some really tough competitors. We are also building up our third team, the Hard Drivers. I am also looking forward to really developing some solid-skilled derby skaters from our bootcamps, too.

What do you contribute to SVRG *off* the track?

I’m a member of the league’s safety committee and help out when disaster strikes.

How do you spend the non-derby part of your life? What other hobbies and interests do you have?

I recently started taking cake decorating classes and love it! I’m also a member of a HCI (human computer interaction) group and really enjoy attending the lectures that this group puts together.

What’s the one piece of advice you would give women interested in playing roller derby?

Put on your big girl pants and go for it!

Anyone you would like to acknowledge?

There are so many people behind the scenes who work very hard to make SVRG a successful league.  We have an amazing Ref and Officials crew that contributes countless hours. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful group of volunteer EMTs who attend our practices and bouts. SVRG also has some of the best derby photographers who donate their time.  I also don’t know where we would be without all of our awesome sponsors! 

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Featured Charity: Career Closet

Career Closet is our featured charity and will be accepting donations at our April 2nd bout! If you have clothing, accessories, or handbags that you would like to donate, please bring them with you and drop them off at their booth! You can also stop by to learn more about Career Closet’s programs and locations. A portion of the proceeds from the bout will also go to Career Closet!

Career Closet is a nonprofit organization that lends a hand to women wanting to get back into the work force. Whatever challenges they face—poverty, being a single mother, or lacking experience—Career Closet helps set them on their way to landing a job they can be proud of. The first step to a good career is confidence, and yes, it may sound silly but appropriate work attire is part of that confidence. Women come to Career Closet for personal consultations and access to affordable clothing to create the perfect working wardrobe.

In April and June, SVRG will be volunteering at several Career Closet events. You will find SVRG skaters working the April 9th Closet Sale, assisting shoppers in finding the perfect fits. SVRG will also be participating in wardrobe consultations, helping women find styles that are both professional and fashionable. Everyone knows a roller girl has impeccable taste!

Here’s how you can help:

1) Cash donations are always welcome. Cash can be used to purchase clothing and expand the program operations, allowing Career Closet to serve more women.
2) Do you have some gently-used clothing that just doesn’t fit anymore? Donate it! Items that are new or lightly used are always appreciated.
3) Volunteer! Every women likes to hear the words, “You look fabulous!” Spend an evening helping clients pick out clothing, and encouraging them to feel confident about themselves. It’s amazing what a new outfit and a little encouragement can do for someone.

For more info on Career Closet or to get involved visit their website.

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Meet a Jerb from Our Junior Derby Squad!

Did you miss our Junior Derby Squad, Derby 2.0, on the NBC News? If so, make sure to check it out online.

SVRG introduced our junior derby program with a summer session in 2010 to help teach girls basic skating skills, teamwork, and confidence. It was a huge success and there was a great demand by young skaters and parents—thus was born Derby 2.0, offering 8-week sessions all year round for girls aged 7-17. Girls 10 and older are eligible to play full contact roller derby. These girls are cute and fierce! Meet one of our own jerby girls, Tex Mex!

Tex Mex from SVRG's Derby 2.0

How did you first get involved in roller derby?

My mom skates for SVRG. She took me skating and I learned how to skate well. After two years of her being with SVRG, they started the Jr. League where she now coaches and I, of course, wanted to join.

How did you choose your name and number?

Tex Mex was my parents’ nickname for me and it matched my mom’s derby name, so it stuck. My number of course means I am half Mexican and half Texan.

What position do you play and what are you known for on the track?

I’m a blocker, known for my smooth stride.

What do your friends at school think about derby?

They think it’s awesome and they are a little scared of me!

What are some of the best things about being in junior derby?

It’s a place to have fun, make friends, get exercise, and be brave. I hope it gets bigger so they offer it one day at my high school.

Come Watch a Game

The girls will be playing their first full home bout at our April 2nd game, so get your tickets now at Brown Paper Tickets!

Do you know a girl who’s got the heart and guts to be a junior derby girl? Email juniorderby@svrollergirls.com for more information, or join the Jerby Girls for dinner 4-6pm on March 11th at Poor House Bistro for our Mardi Gras Fundraiser!

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Celebrate Mardi Gras with SVRG on Friday 3/11

On Friday, March 11th, come celebrate Mardi Gras with SVRG!

Poor House Bistro, 91 S. Autumn Street, San Jose, CA 95110

Phone: (408) 292-5837

From 4-6pm have some delicious New Orleans cuisine for dinner with our junior derby girls!

From 6-10pm it’s party time with SVRG! We’ll have a photo booth, giveaways, and music provided by Tip of the Top!

Mention “SVRG” and we will receive 20% of the proceeds from your food and beverage purchases ALL DAY LONG, so stop by for lunch, dinner, or an evening drink!

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